History was written at Ocean Downs on Thursday night as Ray "Shorty" Robinson Jr. posted career victory number 1,000. The evening definitely belonged to Robinson as he also recorded the track's first Grand Slam of the meet.
In the first race, Ray drove All Spades, a 6-year-old gelding trained by his wife, Carolyn. He didn't place in that race but achieving his milestone wasn't far away.
"I really wanted to win my 1,000th race with that horse because my wife and I used to train him for our now late friend Dawn Trader," said Robinson.
In the third race, the first division of the Alan Myer Memorial, Ray was in the sulky driving She's Got Credit ($3). John Wagner trains the 3-year old daughter of Got Credit. Taking advantage of a great post position next to the rail, the filly jumped out to an early two-length lead, racing the first quarter in :29.4. Just after reaching the three-quarter-mile marker in 1:31.2, She's Got Credit was challenged by Evan Bo Bevan, but fought him off to take the win in 2:02.1.
Elated with the win, Robinson was joined by family members and other drivers and trainers in the winner's circle. After the race, he was modest in his glory.
"It was a long time coming, but all credit needs to go to the owners and trainers that I've been driving for all these years. They really deserve all the recognition."
Robinson was just beginning to make the night memorable. In the fifth race he drove the overlooked 12-1 Gracies Toy ($26.20). He pulled off his second victory of the night by driving this filly, also trained and owned by Wagner. In the sixth, Don'tcomeout ($7.60) pulled Robinson to his third win of the evening.
Robinson raced in the third division of the Alan Myer Memorial behind 3-1 favorite Traveling Tune ($7.60). The gelded son of Windsong's Legacy is trained by Dawn Dellaporte at the Trick Pony Stable in Centreville, Md. Taking the wire in 2:02.3, Traveling Tune was music to Robinson's ears as "Shorty" won his fourth race in the biggest night of his career. (Ocean Downs)